2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

CJBA 210 Criminal Responsibility

3 hours 

This course focuses on the concept of criminal responsibility, a concept fundamental to the purpose and functioning of the criminal justice system. It examines the policy choices central to the allocation of criminal responsibility, and the ethical dilemma between the need to control deviant behavior and the value of individual freedom. With the aid of significant court cases, students will analyze complex legal issues, such as responsibility for unintended consequences, considered but unfulfilled criminal goals, and the action of others. During this process, they will learn to understand and critique legal arguments. Emphasis will be given, through both classroom discussion and written assignments, on developing analytical, ethical and critical reasoning skills. Students will also begin to develop their own research agenda in the field of criminal law and the operation of courts.




ENG 201 and CJBA 111